Thursday, November 29, 2007
I have one page that I've worked on all week in bits and pieces and finally finished up. It uses a picture from this year's Thanksgiving Dinner. Unfortunately, the picture did not turn out that well, but it's all I have and I still wanted to document the day.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
While we're on Rory and adoption, just a little rant from me. Over the last several weeks, I have had so many crazy, uninformed comments made to me that I've about had it! So let this be a public service announcement: PLEASE think before you speak! This is only one small example, but if one more person tells me how great it is that we won't have to deal with the infant/newborn/sleepless nights/endless bottles stage, I think I'll scream. Does anyone really think that we're happy that we will not meet our daughter until she's 18 months old or that it's a good thing that she has had multiple caregivers because her forever family isn't with her or that it will be easy to bring home an 18 month old who has never known anything but instability in her little life? Would any of you skipped knowing your child for the first 18 months of life? Because, really, when you tell me how great it is that we don't have to go through the newborn stage, that's what you're saying. I'm sure most of you reading this blog haven't been the ones to make ignorant comments, but you'd be surprised by how many and how often and by whom I've received comments. Okay, rant officially over.
I have a sweet Camden story that I meant to tell yesterday. When my parents left on Sunday, we walked them down, waved to them, and then got into our car to meet other family for lunch. I noticed Camden was really quiet so I turned around and asked him what was wrong. He was really sad, and said, "it just won't be very much fun any more without grandma and grandpa." Then he puckered up, tears started rolling, and said, "and we forgot to play soccer." Grandpa had told him he wanted to play soccer, but we all just forgot! The weather was cold and wet most of the time, and it just didn't get done. Four year olds don't understand that very well, though!
Well, I need to head to work. I didn't scrap last night, but I did finish up a BIG Christmas project and started work on our Christmas card. I don't know why I even bother - I always work for days, stress out needlessly, lose sleep over it, and I'm sure no one would even notice if I just did a traditional card! Last night I stayed up so late and then couldn't sleep, so I'm running on about 2 hours today. It just might be a long day!
Here's one more picture from the weekend.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Camden's newest phrase is, "see how much I've growed, mommy/daddy." It's the first thing out of his mouth every single morning!
Here is another picture of Camden and Cheyenne. I actually did not stage this one - they were playing peek-a-boo with the tree.
Here is the Lewis family at Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately, these pictures I took did not come out that well, but here it is anyway.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
We did the standard Black Friday shopping and I got quite a few Christmas presents bought. My mom bought Rory this adorable dress from Gymboree along with polka dot tights to go with it. It is adorable! We also bought new luggage so that we would be prepared for our trip to Korea. We spent Saturday shopping for a Christmas tree and finally brought home a beautiful live tree and the house is decorated and ready for presents under the tree. Camden enjoyed helping out with that, of course.
Today we had church and then went out to eat with the Lewis side of the family one more time before they had to head home to Virginia and we're now enjoying a quiet afternoon before the work week begins again tomorrow.
I've posted pics of the cute dress for Rory as well as a picture of Camden and his cousin Cheyenne.
Camden and Cheyenne. Cheyenne is about 6 months younger than Camden but the same size. I think there was a bit of a turf war going on between the two of them. Camden is not used to having to share attention or toys at Gram and Gramp's house, but they settled in. She is a beautiful little girl!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
We're spending today cooking, running errands, and getting the house ready for company. We're excited to see Brian's younger brother, sister-in-law and our niece. And my parents arrive tomorrow night. Camden is so excited to see them. We've been counting down the "sleeps."
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Here's a random Camden tidbit for you. His new favorite word is dude. It's hilarious!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Today was one hectic work day. I'm glad I don't have days like this too often. I like to be busy, but this wasn't busy - it was madness! Too many deadlines all happening at one time. Tomorrow will be similar, but it's my last day of work for the week so that will make it manageable.
Camden is having so much fun at school this week. They're learning all about the pilgrims and Indians, making lots of cute Thanksgiving crafts, etc. Today he came home with an Indian head dress and vest as well as a Thanksgiving placemat they had decorated with their hand prints and then laminated. There are so many cute things he brings home that I'd like to keep, but there's just so much of it that I end up throwing most of it away. He brings home 3-5 papers EVERY day and he's just in K-4! I have 12 more years of school projects coming my way. I can't start keeping it all now!
Did I mention I scrapped this weekend? Here's a sampling of the pages I got done. I have 4 more to show you, but I think I'll hold onto them for another time. And ABC had the nerve to broadcast the Titans game instead of airing Dancing With the Stars tonight so I got more scrapping time in!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday we were busy with grocery shopping for all the upcoming Thanksgiving festivities and running errands. I'm coming down with a cold so I came home for a nap while Brian took Camden to the fall festival (or festibal as Camden puts it) at his school and then ran errands. They were gone most of the day, so I had some quiet time.
I'd say we had a quiet afternoon today, but Camden spent the day in his soccer uniform literally running the length of the house! It was actually pretty funny. He's very imaginative these days - from playing an entire soccer game by himself, to wrestling with all 4 couch pillows, to hunting deer in the living room, to having complete conversations with himself. It was good family time, though.
Here are a few pictures from the concert.
Steven Curtis Chapman's 16-year old son!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Not much else to say today, but I do have two layouts finished! This picture of William and Xavier cracks me up! They were wrestling and William got pinned. Xavier was having the time of his life rocking back and forth on top of him and giggling. William, however, was not so pleased.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
There is one phrase in Rory's paperwork that I've been meaning to share. It's one of the very first things I read about her. And I quote, "As she is rather strong-willed, she does what she wants to do." I seriously laughed out loud when I read that. She's my daughter already!
Here are a few more pictures that we received October 22 - all taken October 3.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Brian's first day in his class was good. It was his official first day as a teacher, and he said the day just flew by. The kids seem well-behaved and he was happy with them. He stayed late rearranging the room last night and just trying to get things ready so that it feels more like his room. I helped him average grades for progress reports last night. He was trying to do them all with a little calculator so I just took the gradebook and whipped out the computer! It was kinda fun for the first 30 minutes, but got a little monotonous after that, but they're all finished now.
Today is a busy day! We both have work as usual and then Brian has his first faculty meeting after school. I will race home to meet him at 5:00, take Camden to Gram and Gramp's house and then we turn right back around and drive almost an hour and a half to our adoption agency for an international travel seminar. We probably won't make it home until close to 10 . It's going to be a long day I think.
Well, I don't have any pictures or layouts ready to share today, but I do have a really good crockpot recipe. Becky made this when I was in Oklahoma and then I made it Sunday.
Mustard Pork Chops and Taters (yes, that is the name)
2 T oil
6-8 pork loin chops
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 c chicken broth
1/4 c dijon mustard
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 t dried thyme
1/4 t pepper
5 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1 onion sliced
Heat oil in large skillet over med heat. Add pork chops and brown on both sides; drain. Combine soup, broth, mustard, garlic, thyme and pepper in a slow cooker. Add potatoes and onion, stirring to coat.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Here's a picture Brian took of Camden wearing his Halloween shirt. We had to cheat and take these pictures the weekend after Halloween since it fell on a Wednesday this year and it was already dark by the time we got home.
And I'm trying to finish up scrapping these pictures we had taken by our friend Angie last year. Camden is just too handsome for his own good here!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Here's a picture of the 3 of them getting ready to watch a movie with their p.j.'s on. They're so cute!
Friday, November 09, 2007
Anyway, back to our regularly scheduled blog info!
We're having our first sleepover tonight. My friend Kathy is having a girls night with some women from church, so we're keeping Emily and Meredith - her 2 and 5 year old. Camden is so excited. The first thing he said when I told him last night was, "Ooooh, I'm going to let Emily play football with me outside." Now, Emily is a girly girl. I'm pretty sure there will be no football games going on!
Here's a page using a picture of Camden and a boy from church - I walk with his mom a couple of times a week. Aren't they sweet?
Thursday, November 08, 2007
So, now that we have that important news out of the way, what else is going on in our lives? Well, Brian finally went to the doctor about his knees. I've only been bugging him about this for the last 10 years! The doctor told him that he doesn't typically see such bad knees on a 31 year old and that his knees looked more like a man twice his age!! He's sending him to an orthopedic surgeon next week. I feel really bad for him - he's in alot of pain and his knee is so swollen. It's also catching quite a bit while he's walking which makes him gasp out loud in pain! I hate seeing him that way! Hopefully the medicine they gave him will help it until they can decide what to do about it.
And here's a page that I finished up while in Oklahoma over the weekend.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
I promised a little more information about Rory. She is currently living with a foster family who is taking very good care of her. As of October 3, she weighed 18 lbs and is a very petite little thing (Camden weighed 19.3 lbs at 8 months!). She wasn't quite walking on her own, but from remarks made from the caseworker she seemed close. She has 5 teeth (which you can see in her cute smile). Here is what needs to happen in order to bring her home. Our paperwork has been sent to Korea. The Korean agency will then prepare and send her legal paperwork to the U.S. Once our U.S. agency receives the paperwork, they will file immigration paperwork. Memphis will handle that paperwork and they are currently taking FOREVER to process the paperwork. The average wait time is 10-14 weeks, but I think a much more realistic wait time is 18-22 weeks. I hope not, but I don't want to get my hopes up. We will be traveling to Korea to bring her home. We'll spend 3-5 days in Seoul and will be able to visit with her, but won't actually get her for good until right as we leave for the U.S. I'm assuming that will be one long trip home with an 18 month old who does not know us at all! We are able to send her packages and have sent one to her already and we are working on another. Everything we send has to fit into a one gallon freezer bag, so we don't have much room! I think we've managed to tell all our family and friends about her, and they're all very excited! My mom already sent her a cute little brown corduroy dress with matching tights!
My one last piece of news is that I've quit my job! When Rory comes home, I will be a stay at home mom. I am very excited about that, but am also sad to leaves this job. I have been here a long time and have made many friends, but this is what Brian and I have worked toward ever since Camden came home, and I'm very happy that it will finally be a reality. So I expect work to be very busy the next several months as I manage not only my daily work load, but also prepare handbooks and directions for the person who will replace me.
One layout to share using pictures of Camden and Brian as they headed out to a football game in September. Don't they look happy?
Monday, November 05, 2007
I left work early on Thursday in order to make my flight. First we got stuck in traffic, then I went to the wrong airline to check in, then the security line was FOREVER long!! I barely made it to my gate in time, but my flight was completely uneventful, and the only flight out of 4 that I had to share a seat. I made it to Tulsa at 8:55 p.m. and Micah picked me up and was so excited about Becky's surprise. Micah had told Becky that a group of girls from her Bible study were going to stop by late after dinner and so when we arrived at the house, we parked on the street (the porch light was off) and he called her to ask if her friends had arrived yet. As he was asking her if her friends were there, I knocked on the door. I could hear her talking to Micah on the phone as she came and answered the door. I was holding a sign that said "Happy Birthday from Micah, William, and Xavier." She was absolutely stunned! It was such a fun surprise. After the initial surprise was over, they gave me a tour of the house and we sat down to talk. I casually pulled pictures of some family members out of my bag that I knew she would be interested in and gave them to her. I also had Rory's pictures in there as well. I was explaining all the different pictures to her, and then when she pulled out Rory's picture, I said, "and this is our Rory." She was so surprised and excited for us! And it was so sweet to be able to share the big news with her in person.
One of Becky's friends was having her mastectomy on Friday, so Becky had made muffins for the family and we delivered them to the hospital that morning. I was also able to meet Becky's surgeon who she has become friends with. Friday night we went to the Melting Pot and had the best time! The food was incredible, and we had a blast!
Saturday was National Digital Scrapbooking Day and we spent ALL DAY in front of the computers. We both had our laptops, our EHDs in the kitchen. Becky got several pages done, and maybe a bit of shopping as well. I had lots of fun spending time with William and Xavier. They are so sweet! Unfortunately, they weren't too sure of me! I won Xavier over pretty quickly with some M&M's, but William never did really become my friend. I did get goodbye kisses from both, though!
Sunday was pretty much more of the same and I left this morning for home. I think Brian is ready for a break from our 4 year old who NEVER stops talking! Camden must have missed me because he is very excited to have me home. Brian has had knee problems for quite a while, but he's really having issues these days. Not sure if it's being on his feet teaching all day or what, but his knee is swollen to at least twice it's normal size, and he's sitting here with his knee propped up and iced. Camden just said, "it's so nice to be a family again." So sweet! I also came home to a very clean house so I should say thank you to my sweet husband for that!
I'll post more about Rory tomorrow. Thanks for all the congratulations and good wishes!
Friday, November 02, 2007
The second secret I've been keeping is something I'll let Camden share with you.
Are you ready??
Rory Katherine Sarang Lewis was born September 27, 2006. We were introduced to her October 21, and have somehow managed to keep a secret for almost two weeks so that I could tell Becky about her new niece in person! She is living in South Korea and waiting for us to go get her. It will probably take another 4 months before we're able to bring her home because of immigration paperwork, but I am praying that it will be sooner.
Camden doesn't quite know what to think about a sister. We've talked in general terms about a baby sister for so long, that I'm pretty sure he thinks we're just still in the "talking about a sister" stage. I'm sure it won't quite be real for him until she's home.
And now on to the pictures! These were all taken October 3. We think she looks like such a sweet girl!
And you know I couldn't wait to scrap a girly page! So, here is my first Rory page.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
I mentioned yesterday that I was sad Camden wasn't going to get to go trick-or-treating, but he got a ton of candy and gifts from people at church last night so he's totally set! He thought it was a party just for him. Our church people are sweet to him.
Traffic has been horrible the last several days so I need to get headed out the door soon. Enjoy the first day of November!